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Three people have been shot dead and another wounded after a domestic row near Lisbon, Portugal, media and officials say.

Two of the victims were police officers, officials say.

The incident took place in Quinta do Conde, 18 miles south of the capital Lisbon.

A 77-year-old man is said to have opened fire after a row over a barking dog.Quinta do Conde shooting

The man reportedly tried to take his own life with a hunting rifle and was arrested and taken to hospital.

A plainclothes officer who lived in the area was shot dead as he ran to investigate the row, and a patrol officer then called to the scene was shot in the head and killed.

The third victim was reportedly the son of the plainclothes officer who was trying to help his father.

The son was seriously injured in crossfire and died of his wounds in hospital.

One neighbor told the Lusa news agency the gunman had threatened to kill a neighbor if the dog did not stop barking “but it never crossed our mind he would try to do it”.


Paul Simon and Edie Brickell appeared in court holding hands after being arrested over a domestic dispute.

Paul Simon told a Superior Court judge in Norwalk, Connecticut, he had a rare argument with his wife on Saturday night at their home.

Edie Brickell and Paul Simon, who have been married for 22 years, held hands and said they did not feel threatened by each other.

“We’re fine. We love each other. We’re fine. We had an argument. It’s over,” Paul Simon said as he left the courthouse.

“We’re going to go back home today. We’re going to watch our son play baseball,” he added.

“Neither one of us has any fear or any reason to feel threatened.”

The arrest came on Saturday night after a caller from the singers’ home phoned the emergency services and hung up, police chief Leon Krolikowski said at a news conference on Monday.

Paul Simon and Edie Brickell holding hands at court hearing in Norwalk

Paul Simon and Edie Brickell holding hands at court hearing in Norwalk

Officers who responded found minor injuries and believed it was a case of domestic violence, he continued. He did not confirm who was injured.

“There was aggressiveness on both sides,” he said.

“They’re both victims and they have children involved and we’re trying to be very cautious of that.”

Paul Simon and Edie Brickell were each given a misdemeanor summons. One of them – again unspecified – agreed to leave and go to another location.

The singers’ lawyer, Alan Cramer, dismissed the severity of the argument, calling it a “one on a scale of one to 10”.

“They are here together, they get along fine with each other,” Alan Cramer told reporters before the court hearing.

“If it were Joe Blow we wouldn’t be here. You certainly wouldn’t be here. These people have had a wonderful life together and they’ve never had these types of problems.”

Paul Simon, 72, first found fame as one half of folk duo Simon and Garfunkel, while Edie Brickell, 48, was the lead singer of Edie Brickell & New Bohemians.

Earlier this year, Edie Brickell won a Grammy award with comedian Steve Martin for best American roots song, Love Has Come For You.

According to local media, the couple have lived in the Connecticut town with their three children for a number of years.

Paul Simon and Edie Brickell have been asked to return to court on May 16.

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